Eclectic Mix

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson writes about the eclectic mix of 12 official visitors that Arkansas is bringing in this weekend- a group that started arriving on Thursday with Colorado prep offenslve lineman Dan Skipper (6-10, 295) showing up in Fayetteville.

It's certainly an eclectic mix of recruits that Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema and his staff are bringing into Fayetteville this weekend.

There's eight recruits from Arkansas (including one committed to Alabama), one from Oklahoma, one for Colorado, one from Hawaii and even one from Australia.

There's a 6-10 offensive lineman who also plays baseball, an All-American linebacker, a defensive end that was born in Germany, a quarterback that has thrown for over 8,000 yards the past two seasons and a tight end that has caught 171 passes in that same amount of time.

Not to mention a young man who won the Landers Award as the best player in Arkansas over that one committed to Alabama and the two with the aforementioned phenomenal stats.

"There are so many five star players who never see the field and zero star players who are All-Americans," Bielema said recently on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly. "It's all about evaluating."

The 6-10 offensive lineman is Arvada (CO) Ralston Valley standout Dan Skipper (6-10, 295), who arrived Thursday and will stay through Saturday before leaving for an official visit to Ohio State.

The other recruits are schedule to arrive on Friday and stay through Saturday.

That includes Forrest City defensive end Tevin Beanum (6-4, 230), who was actually born in Germany to military parents.

He joins the Fayetteville trio of quarterback Austin Allen (6-2, 205), linebacker Brooks Ellis (6-3, 215) and safety Alex Brignoni (6-1, 190), Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry (6-6, 240) and Greenwood wide receiver Drew Morgan (6-0, 180), the Landers Award winner.

There will even be one signee – former North Little Rock and two-time Coffeyville All-American linebacker Martrell Spaight (6-0, 220), who signed at mid-term but is taking a class at Arkansas Baptist to satisfy SEC requirements.

"I'm really excited because this is the first time we will be together as a group and we can begin to come together as a band of brothers and try to become leaders in returning Arkansas to the top," Beanum said. "We're also going to do out best to get the ones not committed to Arkansas to join us in this effort."

If there were awards for traveling the longest distance that would go to Honolulu (HI) St. Louis offensive lineman Reeve Koehler (6-3, 330) and Australian-born punter Sam Irwin Hill (6-5, 210) of San Franciso City College.

Koehler will decided between Arkansas and Kansas while Hill averaged 46.1 yards per punt this past season.

There's also two players committed to other schools – North Little Rock tailback Altee Tenpenny (Alabama) and Tulsa (OK) Booker T. Washington safety Dominique Alexander (Oklahoma).

Bielema made it clear to North Little Rock head coach Brad Bolding his intention to land Tenpenny.

"He told me that they are going to throw the kitchen sink at him, take their absolute best shot and either he is going to be a Razorback or they go down fighting," Bolding said. "They are not just going to accept he is going to Alabama."

The next week will see Arkansas bringing in several recruits from South Florida – a place he recruited as the head coach at Wisconsin and certainly plans to do so while Arkansas.

"You can find a diamond in the rough. Or two. Or three." Bielema told the Palm Beach Post.

That includes five-star tailback Alex Collins (5-11, 207) of Plantation South Plantation High.

"We really thought there'd be a huge spike of interest, and there has," Bielema said.

Arkansas obviously knows what it is doing as evidenced by this quote from West Palm Beach Suncoast defensive tackle Ke'Tryus Marks (6-1, 265), who set a single-season sack record this season at his school.

He had a visit from Razorback defensive line coach Charlie Partridge earlier this week.

"My mom always has tons of questions (for recruiters)," Marks told the Palm Beach Post. "After Coach Partridge's PowerPoint presentation, she had no questions.

"Arkansas sells itself."

Arkansas' official visitors:

Jan. 18-20:

• Dominique Alexander, S, 6-1, 200, Tulsa Booker T. Washington

• Austin Allen, QB, 6-2, 205, Fayetteville

• Tevin Beanum, DE, 6-4, 230, Forrest City

• Alex Brignoni, S, 6-1, 190, Fayetteville

• Brooks Ellis, LB, 6-3, 215, Fayetteville

• Hunter Henry, TE, 6-6, 240, Pulaski Academy

• Sam Irwin Hill, P, 6-5, 210, City of San Franciso CC

• Reeve Koehler, OL, 6-3, 330, Honolulu (HI) St. Louis High

• Drew Morgan, WR-S, 6-0, 180, Greenwood

• Martrell Spaight, LB, 6-0, 220, Coffeyville (KA) CC

• Dan Skipper, OL, 6-10, 295, Arvada (CO) Ralston Valley

• Altee Tenpenny, TB, 6-0, 210, North Little Rock

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